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    DAVID LOUIS FACE, deceased, was, for many years one of Covington's best known citizens and one who will surely be remembered long after many of those who, during their span of life, made much larger pretensions. He was born at Covington, Ohio, February 6, 1851, and died at his comfortable home here, November 8, 1906, at the age of fifty-five years, nine months and two days. He had survived both parents and his two brothers. He was a son of Louis and Elizabeth (Lindsay) Face.

    Mr. Face obtained a good common school education in his native city and when eighteen years of age, adopted the stone quarry business, in which his father was engaged. For some years he was at work on the south side of Covington but later became interested in his quarry west of Covington, which he continued to operate until the close of his life and which enterprise is still continued by his widow.

    At Xenia, Ohio, on January 20, 1886, Mr. Face was married to Miss Margaret Pierce, who is a daughter of Henry and Ann Jane (Helmer) Pierce, old residents of Greene County, and a great- granddaughter of Henry Hill, of New York, who served as a drummer boy in the Revolutionary War. Through this ancestor, Mrs. Face is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Face was born in Champaign County, Ohio, but she was reared in Greene County, and since her marriage has been a resident of Miami County and is a very highly esteemed member of society at Covington. To this marriage no children were born, but Mr. and Mrs. Face reared and carefully educated an orphan niece.

    In the leading ideas of his life, the late David Louis Face was a great and good man, one who was fearlessly true to his convictions and at all times outspoken in denouncing people and methods which did not come up to his ideas of right and honest living. No one ever came into close contact with him, however, without being convinced of the real integrity of his motives and if, at times, his language was more forcible than elegant, the ring of real conviction was ever present. No more generous man ever lived in Covington, benevolence flowed from right and left hand, and the sum of his charities will never be fully known to his fellow citizens, hundreds of whom were benefited by him on many occasions. He was notably loyal to his friends and to his city and while he was fearless in his condemnation of what he believed to be questionable in either, he gave warm-hearted support to both private objects and public measures in which he saw genuine worth. During the later years of his life bodily affliction reduced his great strength but in no way changed his noble nature or lessened his tenderness to his devoted wife and niece, who was almost a daughter.

    Mr. Face had not united with any religious body but he had accepted the truths of Christianity and in June, 1902, had been baptized. He was a member of the order of Knights of Pythias and his funeral services at the cemetery were conducted with their imposing ritual.

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